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Aug 20 2012
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Oncorhynchus aquabonita

Common Names:California Golden Trout

Habitat:Native to Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek and the South Fork Kern River, in California. Commonly found at elevations of 10,000 ft (3,000 m) above sea level, and is native to California. Conservationists have also been attempting to introduce golden trout to other waters such as to Lake Mohave in Nevada and Arizona. It is also found in the Waters of New Mexico. Preferred water temperature is 58–62 °F.

Description:The golden trout has golden flanks with red, horizontal bands along the lateral lines on each side and about 10 dark, vertical, oval marks (called "parr marks") on each side. Dorsal, lateral and anal fins have white leading edges. In their native habitat, adults range from 6–12 in (15–30 cm) long. Fish over 10 in (25 cm) are considered large.

The golden trout should be distinguished from the similarly named golden rainbow trout, also known as the palomino trout. The golden rainbow is actually a color variant of the rainbow trout. The Golden Trout closely resembles the juvenile Rainbow trout.

Comments: Originally placed in the species Oncorhynchus aguabonita, most taxonomists now classify the golden trout as a subspecies of the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, placing it with several other subspecies commonly known as redband trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss ssp.

Golden trout that have been transplanted to lakes have been recorded up to 11 lb (5 kg) in weight. The world record golden trout was caught by Charles S. Reed, on August 5, 1948, from Cook Lake in the Wind River Range. That fish was 28 in (70 cm) long and weighed 11.25 lb (5.1 kg).

The golden trout was designated the state fish of California in 1947. Populations have been in serious decline with the introduced Brook Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout contributing to the decline in different ways.

Source: Wikipedia

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